Online dating and chat-rooms simply cannot compare to connecting with people in real life. And while it may be easier to talk with someone you don’t really know with a certain sense of anonymity, initiating conversations with strangers without the safety of a screen between them can be a nerve-wracking experience.
Yet the biggest solution may only be a leash-length away. In fact, 54% of people responding to a new online survey by Penn Schoen Berland (PSB), on behalf of Nestlé Purina (conducted between January 21-26) stated that their dogs have turned out to be the ultimate “wingman” when trying to find a way to break the ice with someone they are interested in. In fact, nearly 63% of responders said that they are likely to consider a person with a dog more attractive and would be more inclined to date someone who has a pet.
At the same time 1 in 3 men surveyed believe if they were single, owning a pet would make them more attractive. They also agreed that single pet owners have a greater chance of getting a date on Valentine’s Day than non-pet owners. In addition, results of the survey (which polled 1,200 people 18-years and older as part of the general population in the United States, plus an additional 200 people in both New York and California) suggest that any kind of Pets can be beneficial in helping owners meet new people and give them the confidence to take romantic endeavors into their own hands anytime of the year.
“Not only do pets serve as a great conversation starter, but studies have shown that pets can help release ‘feel good’ hormones in humans, including high levels of oxytocin also known in some circles as the ‘love hormone’,” stated Purina veterinarian Dr. Zara Boland.
“Whether it is making friendly conversation or taking the first step in finding long-lasting love, pets can open many doors and create wonderful opportunities for people of all ages to connect with one another on a wide spectrum of different levels,” she added.”
For instance going for regular walks with your dog is not only a good way to exercise and relieve stress, it gets people out of the house (and away from their computers) and can serve to help people to explore and assimilate into their communities by connecting neighbors with one another. This goes for long-time residents as well as newcomers.
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